Sacred Heart Church

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, August 20, 2017


Mt 15:21-28 Our relationships often need reconciling and healing. While it is easy to say, it is often difficult to achieve. Sometimes, reconciling requires that we take down the barriers that are sources of division, remove our prejudices, look beyond difference, and see the “sameness” that connects us one to another. Of course, each party has to be willing to do this in order for healing to occur. Our Gospel show us the healing that can occur when both parties are willing participants.


Some behaviors are always wrong, always incompatible with our love of God and the dignity of the human person. Abortion, the direct taking of innocent human life, is always morally wrong, as is the deliberate destruction of human embryos for any reason. Assisted suicide and euthanasia are not acts of mercy but acts that are never morally acceptable. Direct attacks on innocent civilians during war and terrorist acts targeting noncombatants must always be condemned.
- U.S. Conferences of Catholic Bishops


Today we welcome Fr. Francois Kodena, CSSp (Congregation of the Holy Spirit, previously known as the Holy Ghost Fathers), who is visiting our parish this weekend. The Spiritans are an international community engaged in a wide range of missionary activity in over 60 countries throughout the world. Fr. Francois is from Cameroon. He ministers in the Diocese of Pittsburgh while completing his doctoral studies at Duquesne University.

When Jesus said: “You shall witness to me in Jerusalem and in Samaria and to the ends of the earth”, He made the spread of the Gospel an essential part of our Catholic life. One third of the 7 billion peoples of the world are Christian, of one sort or another. That leaves two-thirds who have not yet heard the Gospel in any meaningful way. And so, God’s mission continues to be in your and our hands and hearts. We urge you to respond generously to Father Kodena’s appeal. Your generosity is appreciated.

Annual Wedding Anniversary Liturgies

Bishop Mark Bartchak and the Family Life Office cordially invite all couples celebrating 1, 5, 10, 25, 40, 50, 55, and 60+ wedding anniversaries in 2017 (and their families) to attend the Annual Wedding Anniversary Liturgy. The Liturgy in Altoona at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament will be Sunday, September 10. The Liturgy will begin at 2:00 p.m. Punch and cookies will be available after the Mass for the anniversary couples and their families. Reservations must be made through your parish by August 22. Couples must be in good standing with the Church.

Vacation Bible School

We would like to express a sincere THANK YOU to everyone who came together to provide a fun, faith-filled Vacation Bible School for the youth of Sacred Heart. Mighty Fortress was well attended and from what we have heard so far from parents and grandparents, the kids had a great time.

Pictures of Bible School are on the front page of the bulletin today.

Christian Initiation

Encourage someone you know to learn more about our Catholic faith and to grow in wisdom. Inquiry classes for Christian Initiation begin Sunday, September 10 . To learn more about becoming Catholic, have them call Mike Kelleher at 934-4076 or the rectory office at 943-8553.

End of Summer Social

We would like to thank the Social Committee for the End of Summer Socials held last weekend after the morning Masses. It is always good to get together with fellow parishioners and friends!

In Your Prayers

Marcella Adams, Roberta Alderisio, Arlene Balestino, Rosemary Barcaro, Barbara Barker, Ann Bauer, Donald Belsey, Paxton Burr, Anna Chonko, Ron Clawson and family, Denise Conrad, Mary Costlow, Betty Dalansky, Evan Decker, Dominick DeVecchis, Thomas Dobson, Joan Donnelly, Debra Dorazio, Matt Dorman, May Duey, Mike Dutchard, Jacob Eshlenan, Shirley Fanella, Gianna Feather, Kathleen Foster, George Frederick, Anna Marie Gority, Helen Gummo, Jean Hagan, Elaine Hauser, Janet Hilton, Jody Himes, Michael Himes, Nancy James, Larry Knott, Sr., Meredith Kuhns, Riley Marie Lansberry, Richard Lauer, Brody Lidwell, Perry Lloyd, Larry Lytle, Patty Maria, Tom McGinnis, Brigid McManaman, Pat “Koehle” McTavish, Vicki Medeiros, Debbie Murtagh, Kevin O’Rorke, Donny Ott, Randy Parson, Rene Reynolds, Camden Rhodes, Joan Robison, Gavin Ross, Christopher and Tina Ruffing, Patty Ruffing, Maureen Sherbine, Jacqueline Smith, Richard Soller, Clara Tomlinson, John Templon, Pete Szebin, Caitlin Thompson, Mary Pat Williams, Angie Yingling, and Daniel O’Brien’s and Jacob Prendergast’s safe deployment.

In the event our prayers have helped, you are asked to call the rectory to have your name removed from the list. You can always have it put back on if need be. Thank you.

To have a name added to the prayer list, please call the rectory office before noon on Monday to have the name placed in that weekend’s bulletin. You must have the person’s permission to print their name.



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